LAWTON — Maj. Gen. John G. Rossi will assume command at Fort Sill, replacing Maj. Gen. James M. “Mark” McDonald, the Army announced Friday.
A date for the change of command has not been set. McDonald took command of the post in May 2012. He will move on to command the United States Army Security Assistance Command based in Huntsville, Ala.
Rossi joins Fort Sill from the Pentagon, where he served as the director of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review Office, recommending ways the U.S. military should evolve amid budget cuts, troop downsizing and other challenges.
Before that time, the Long Island, N.Y., native commanded the 32nd Army Air & Missile Defense Command at Fort Hood, Texas.
Rossi, a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., has held operational and command posts all over the world, including a deployment to Iraq, before being nominated by the president in 2011 and confirmed by the Senate as major general in 2012.
Fort Sill is about 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City and primarily serves as the Army's field artillery school and training center. It is the largest military installation in Oklahoma and one of a handful of Army posts nationwide where basic combat training is conducted. The post is home to about 10,000 military personnel and 5,800 civilian workers.
McDonald, who entered the service in 1980, assumed command of Fort Sill after serving as the commanding general of the Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, Ky. This was his fifth tour at Fort Sill.